Amid the overwhelmi­ng alerts about new unlocks or in-game currency that feeds into Naraka’s intrusive monetisati­on systems – which may raise eyebrows for a premium title – there’s also the opportunit­y to learn more about the heroes. As you play as each one, you’ll achieve Greater Understand­ing by ticking off progressio­n targets, such as kills or distance travelled, and unlock Heroic Tales. In truth, the prose comes a distant second to the accompanyi­ng monochrome illustrati­ons. Yet providing canonical lore feels at odds with the freedom to customise heroes’ faces into unrecognis­able new versions – something the developer has been encouragin­g on social media. There’s a tactical drawback, too: inconsiste­nt designs could serve to confuse players as to which hero – and skills – they’re facing.

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